The rate of cybersecurity threats are always rising, and hackers are always getting smarter. Because of this, small business owners will need to arm themselves with quality strategies for security along with the basics in security fundamentals. These are five great steps you can take yourself for keeping your data, employees and customers safe for your small business:
Take On A Products And Services Approach
Both large and small companies will find that a good way to make sure they have plenty of safety and security in place for their IT infrastructure will be to employ outside security professionals for their needs. There have been studies done surrounding the use of cloud security and it shows that roughly 80% of the people who participated saw a great deal of value while using outside security as a way to supplement the security operations that they have in place currently. The market leaders in security technology can be very helpful, but the best approach for helping to protect sensitive data, for both customers and yourself, will be the use of a ‘products and services’ approach. This will bring together 24/7 monitoring with a team of compliance and security experts with a combination of quality cybersecurity technologies.
Make The Upkeep Of Your Systems A Priority
There are many times that upkeep can be much cheaper than a replacement. This also applies to cybersecurity, so one of the more important things you can do for your business is update your IT systems on a regular basis while making sure that you perform routine maintenance so everything is ‘clean.’ Performing software updates regularly on your company devices while patching any vulnerabilities that you find can help to cut back on a number of potential cyber threats. Don’t be one of the 42% hit by cyber security issues, as shown in this piece from Barclay Simpson.
Secure Your Network And Applications
Small businesses should always monitor network traffic for any sort of suspicious IP addresses of file transfers that have not been authorized. After the IT admins notice them, they can then add the anomalies to a blocking list preventing them from gaining access to the network. Securing all of your web platforms with the help of web application firewalls to HTTP conversations will also be helpful. It allows the IT administrators to identify and then block some of the common online attacks like XSS, cross-site scripting, and SQL injections.
System Back Ups
Ransomware is commonly found as a security threat, which is where the hackers will use a virus for encrypting computer files for your business and then hold them hostage until you end up paying a ransom amount. This has become such a major concern with companies that the FBI has gotten involved, issuing a warning in 2015. Even if you pay a ransom, there are some cases where the important files will remain locked or lost forever. Various versions pop up each day and companies that even have strong cybersecurity will fall into the trap at times.
Small businesses need to constantly look for ways to back up their systems and protect all of their data. Whether you are storing information in the cloud, onsite, or in a hybrid data center, your files need to be backed up on hard drives and then secured in a safe spot.